Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alice Bent Over by Donal Mahoney

A gathering of elders
from the local rest home
is out for a walk after dusk

on canes and walkers 
admiring roses and lilies 
and a pond of rainbow koi 

except for Alice trailing 
without cane or walker 
whose head is bent over   

at the neck so she sees
nothing but ants 
scurrying around her.

Alice is the letter “L” 
upside down forever. 
She will never see the sun

light up the sky or the stars 
glow in the night or the halo 
of moonlight falling around her.

Donal Mahoney has had work published in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found at

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